Both Lady Antebellum’s Own the Night and Eric Church’s Chief will be vying for a Best Country Album at this year’s Grammy Awards, taking place this Sunday (February 13th).
Lady A have spent numerous weeks at the top of the country album chart with their latest release, Own the Night, which has already been certified platinum. The collection has also earned the trio two No. 1 songs — “Just a Kiss” and “We Owned the Night.”
Last year, Lady A OWNED the Grammy Awards taking home five grammophone awards. Their hit single, “Need You Now,” earned Record and Song of the Year, as well as Best Country Song and Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. They also came home with Best Country Album honors for their previous album, Need You Now.
Eric earned his first Grammy nomination this year, thanks to his chart-topping album, Chief. “The Grammys are the Holy Grail for every recording artist,” says Eric. “The thing I’m most proud of is we were able to get the Grammy nomination without ever changing what we do. I didn’t change the music or change the path that I was on to try to win awards or get nominated for awards. We just kept doing what we do.”
Jason Aldean’s My Kinda Party, Blake Shelton’s Red River Blue, George Strait’s Here for a Good Time and Taylor Swift’s Speak Now are also up for Best Country Album.
Capitol Nashville’s Dierks Bentley, who released his latest album Home, and Lady Antebellum have been tapped as presenters on the show.
The 54th Annual Grammy Awards will air live February 12th beginning at 8pm ET on CBS.
AUDIO: Own The Night is the title of Lady Antebellum’s third album, and the band’s Hillary Scott explains what kind of statement she hopes the album makes.
Lady Antebellum (Title statement) OC: …celebrate it. :23
HS: “Oh gosh. I mean, we hope that this album makes an honest statement and one of just truly enjoying your life, every moment in it, whether it’s a heartbreaking moment or a moment where you’re about to float off the ground you’re so head-over-heels for someone. It’s really embrace every single moment and choose to celebrate it.”
AUDIO: Eric Church talks about his very first Grammy nomination.
Eric Church (Grammy nod) OC: …going to the Grammys. :27
“The Grammys are the Holy Grail for every recording artist. The thing I’m most proud of is we were able to get the Grammy nomination without ever changing what we do. I didn’t change the music or change the path that I was on to try to win awards or get nominated for awards. We just kept doing what we do. You know, the places that the Chief record has taken us so far is unbelievable, and it’s been an unreal ride, and I’m very proud to have the Grammy nomination, and I look forward to going to the Grammys.”